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From: (Damian M. Lyons)
Subject:  CFP: IEEE-TRA special issue on assembly and task planning.
Date:     Tue, 2 Aug 1994 18:12:39 GMT


The field of assembly and task planning arose to address the issue of
how a detailed robot program could be automatically synthesized given
a high level description of the task to be performed. Initial work in
the field was an attempt to duplicate the human ability to manipulate
the world in a flexible fashion. While this continues to be a key
concept for autonomous robots, it has become evident that assembly and
task planning for manufacturing applications is best seen as an
integrated part of the overall process of designing and building
high-quality products.

        The objective of this special issue is two-fold:  To summarize
the current state of the art in assembly and task planning, and also
to establish a vision of how assembly and task planning for
manufacturing can be seen as an integrated part of the complete design
and manufacturing process. Such a vision of intelligent/flexible
manufacturing system integrates domains such as concurrent
engineering, operations research, geometric reasoning and process
control into product design.

We extend a special invitation to industry participants to describe
current practices, needs and visions for the future. Industry papers
are important to set the context for the study of assembly and task
planning in manufacturing. They can point out relevant and difficult
problem areas to channel research attention and can report on the
results of specific implementations.

        Possible topics for papers submitted to the special issue in
the context of Assembly and Task Planning as an integral part of the
product manufacturing and design cycle include but are not limited to:

        Integration of Design and Manufacturing
        Assembly Representations
        Languages for Assembly/Task specification
        Workcell Planning
        Design of Parts Feeders
        Sequence Planning
        Pose Determination
        Planning Sensory Actions
        Uncertainty Representation and Propagation 
        Representing Tolerances
        Plan Monitoring, Error Detection and Recovery
        On-line Planning and Reaction
        Computational Complexity of Assembly Planning


To establish coherence between the papers in the special issue,
submissions must address the following points, where
        Where does the work fit in the design and manufacturing cycle?
        What problem/deficit/need does it address?
        What other work has been done in this area, and why is
          this contribution important?
        What commercial off-the-shelf hardware and/or software was used?
        Is the emphasis on integration of existing work, or
          on new work.
        Who are the potential users of the work?

All manuscripts should include a title page containing the title of
the paper, full names and affiliations, complete postal and (if
available) electronic addresses, phone and fax numbers (if available),
an abstract, and a list of keywords.
The contacting author should be clearly identified. 
Six copies of the manuscript, hardcopy only,  should be sent to:

Prof. Richard A. Volz
Computer Science Department
Rm. 305 B 
H. R. Bright Bldg.
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas 77843-3112


Submission Date:  November 1st 1994
Issue Date:       February 1996

Guest Editors

Damian Lyons
Philips Laboratories
Briarcliff Manor NY 10510

Sukhan Lee
University of Southern California
Los Angeles CA 90089

Carlos Ramos
ISEP/IPP and University of Porto 
R.S. Tome , 4200 Porto

Jocelyne Troccaz
TIMC laboratory
Domaine de la Merci
La Tronche, France